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Rana, Sadhotra join dharna; seek ADCs for Kalakote, Sunderbani, Nowshera

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KALAKOTE MARCH 18- Lauding the spirit of unity and amity being demonstrated by people of Kalakote, Nowshera and Sunderbani during the ongoing peaceful and apolitical agitation in support of their demands, National Conference on Sunday sought carving out of a new district and posting of separate Additional Deputy Commissioners to assuage the aspirations of the remote and border areas.

Provincial President Devender Singh Rana and former minister Ajay Kumar Sadhotra expressed solidarity with the agitating people and cautioned the PDP-BJP government against selectivity in activation of the new administrative units sanctioned by the previous government headed by Omar Abdullah.

“As the people of these areas are pursuing their rightful cause by rising above politics and party affiliation, the coalition government is injecting politics and engineering divide to sabotage the issue”, Devender Singh Rana said while joining the party functionaries and workers in the sit-in dharna here.

Rana described the demand as genuine, saying posting of Additional Deputy Commissioners would ease the problems of the people and result in holistic development of these areas, which was the motivation behind sanctioning new administrative units  at several places vide Government Order No 42-Rev(s) of 2018 dated 20.02.2018 the deputation stressed the need for showing similar expediency in making the units functional, which had been sanctioned by the previous National Conference-Congress government vide Cabinet Decision No 187/14/2014 on 21 October 2014. As per the decision, nine Sub-Divisions, 50 Tehsils and 99 Niabats across the state which have been created but not activated, he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Kumar Sadhotra cautioned against delay in acceding to legitimate demands of the people, saying the government must come forward to address the issue by shunning its egoistic approach.

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